Mentorship – A Helpful Guide Through The Maze Of Business

Mentorship – A Helpful Guide Through The Maze Of Business

It is not easy for people to navigate their way through the maze of the business environment. There is always a way but sometimes the path is unclear. If you look at your career or life now wouldn’t it have been nice to have had a little bit more information or direction before you made the decisions you did or the direction you took. One of the most productive, cost effective, under-used development tool to navigate this maze for individuals is mentorship. People get confused on what mentorship is. Mentorship is not about someone showing you the mechanics on how you get through the maze. Mentorship is a relationship between a mentor and mentee that is intended to help develop the mentee’s thinking and perspective so that it enhances their decision making as they navigate the maze. A productive mentorship relationship can be the beacon of light that guides an individual through the intricacies of surviving and thriving in a work maze. I’ll come back to the maze analogy shortly. Early in my career I did not have a mentor (at least a formal one). As I look back that is one piece that I know would have helped me develop quicker than I did. However, I did have the opportunity to formally mentor many individuals. This extremely positive experience solidified my belief that mentoring is a critical development tool that all organizations should have if they value their employees. In my experience, mentoring programs provide at least 7 benefits to the organization and to the employees. Benefits of Mentorship Programs: Retain and attract top talent. Good people are hard...